Obaku Watches Review – Tasteful Elegance
It’s easy to be fooled in a number of ways by Obaku watches. A look at their product line might suggest the work of old-school watchmakers; perhaps from a company that’s been around for a long time. The name would also suggest a company from Japan. Neither are true; Obaku watches have only been available since 2007 and while their movements and case materials are sourced from Japan, the company is based in Denmark and so are their designers.
The company was founded to create designs inspired by calm, balance, and simplicity. Their designs are simple but elegant, and they make an attractive timepiece that’s offered for sale at an equally attractive price point. You won’t mistake their watches for those from Cartier or Patek Philippe, but you’ll be quite surprised at the styling and the quality.
Read on for the full Obaku watches review.
The build quality is quite good, especially given the price point. They use high quality stainless steel sourced from Japan and highly reliable quartz movements. All of their models are water resistant to at least three atmospheres, though none of their models are designed for water use. They use mineral crystal to protect the watch face and straps are available in either stainless steel or genuine leather. All in all, Obaku watches offer nice build quality, particularly when one considers the selling price.
The movements are highly reliable and accurate quartz electronic movements, sourced from Japan. While a lot of designer watch fans prefer automatic mechanical movements, these will necessarily raise the cost of the product and these watches were created to reach customers at a particular price point, making it impractical to offer automatic movements at this time in their product line. On the plus side, quartz movements require relatively little maintenance, aside from having the batteries replaced every two years or so.
As these watches are quite inexpensive, you’re not going to find much in the way of technical innovation in the company’s product line. The product is design-oriented, and the company focuses on their styling, while relying on proven technologies to keep and display the time.
The styling of Obaku watches leans toward the traditional, with hints of Scandinavian design. Styling is going to favor silver, black and gold in their coloring. Men’s models are mostly all round, with a mixture of models that include chronograph features and those that do not. These are stylish watches that are suitable for daily or business wear.
Women’s models offer a bit of interesting styling in that many models feature non-round faces as well as some gold tones. On the whole, the ladies’ models are a bit more interesting to look at, in our opinion. On the whole, these are simple, elegant designs that won’t look out of place in any environment, be it work, casual or an evening out.
The care and maintenance is going to be minimal, as all of their models use highly reliable quartz movements. These are battery powered, so you’ll have to have the battery replaced every two years or so. That would be a good time to have the water resistant seals replaced, too.
Aside from that, you should store your watch in a cool, dry place and keep them away from extremes of temperature or strong magnetic fields, which can harm the movement. With proper care, you should get years of good performance.
The warranty is good but not exceptional; the company warrants their products against defects in materials and craftsmanship for two years from the date of purchase. This is the typical warranty offered in the industry and probably 90% of all watchmakers offer a warranty of similar length. Still, two years ought to be long enough to determine if your watch has a factory defect, which isn’t all that likely, as these watches are tested thoroughly before leaving the factory.
If you like bargains, you’ll find that prices are perhaps the brand’s strongest selling point. In an industry where it’s not at all uncommon to see timepieces priced at $1000, $10,000 or even $100,000, this brand is priced in the low hundreds of dollars.
List prices for the product line run roughly from $100-$300 or so, and many models can be found for sale at significant discounts. There isn’t yet a strong collector interest in the brand, which isn’t surprising, since collectors tend to favor automatic models over quartz and they also tend to favor long-established brands. In time, that may change, but for now, buyers should simply be content with being able to buy an attractive timepiece at a rock-bottom price.
You can find them for sale at a number of brick and mortar retailers, which are likely to be high end department stores more than jewelry stores. You can also find them for sale at a number of retailers on the Internet, and these are going to offer your best opportunity to find a discount.
We’ve seen some models on sale for as much as 85% off, making them quite a bargain. At the prices they’re asking, you’d be wise to buy two or even three of them.
There’s a lot to like about Obaku watches, starting with their styling. While unmistakably Scandinavian in inspiration, the product line also takes come cues from the Japanese who also provide the steel for their cases as well as the movements used in their timepieces.
These are attractive, elegant timepieces that are well built enough to last a few years and are priced to make them irresistible. If you want a nice looking watch (or two!) and aren’t ready to break your bank to buy one, then you should definitely consider Obaku watches.